Explore your backyard with the BBC

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Frank Herbert, the author of the academy award nominated movie 'Dune', once said: “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps.” This statement is true for the most part of our adult lives, when schedules, billable hours and routines snatch away our nomadic spirit, shackling us to jobs, family life or the dreaded daily grind. Have you ever wondered what might happen if you took a few days to experience the life lead by your neighbour or fellow countryman?

The most enriching and memorable moments when we travel are those experiences when we get to see things from a different perspective; savouring local flavours and living exactly like a local would. One of the biggest benefits of living in the UK is the access to different foods, cultures, and even regional dialects, right on our doorstep! Curious? Read on… .

Your place, or ours?

Home Away From Home:   by BBC
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Home Away From Home

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The BBC's Home Away from Home is back, and is looking for individuals with an adventurous spirit who would be interested in trying out a home swap experience in the UK. Take a look at all the wonderful things you can gain by letting go of your inhibitions for just two days…

1. Get out of your comfort zone

Who says four walls, a roof and floor is what you need to call a house a home? Get out of your comfort zone once in a while, and experience a totally different way of life. Whether it's in a campervan or floating down a river on a houseboat, changing up how and where you live is good for your not only your sanity, but also for your soul.

2. Savour regional cuisine

Some of our fondest memories are attached to sensory experiences—the smell of a pine forest or the flavours of our grandmothers cooking. In an instant, we can be teleported back to one of our earliest memories just by reliving something as simple as a taste or scent. Savouring local cuisine is one of the best ways to integrate yourself into not only a culture, but even a region. The different properties provided by the soil, sun and water means the food tastes different wherever you go. When it's delivered to your door from the fields that day—the freshness of that taste is sure to stick with you for a lifetime. 

3. Experience a different culture

You don't need to cross seas to experience a new culture in your own backyard. Britain is one of the most multicultural nations in the world. In London alone, more than one third of the population are now foreign born. If you put this figure into numbers, that equates to around 2.5 million people, speaking 300 different languages born of 270 nationalities. When was the last time you were invited to a momentous Iftar feast during the Muslim Ramadan, or celebrated the stunning Diwali festival of lights with an Indian family?

4. Live like a local

Perhaps you've been confined to city life for too long, and want to go back to the roots of your forefathers when living off the land was common place? It's definitely much easier than you would have thought, and it won't terrify you nearly as much as you think! See daily life through a totally different set of eyes—one that is not constrained by Tube timetables or traffic lights. Slow it down, or speed it up—change the momentum of your life for a few days and see the changes in yourself!

So, have you totally fallen in love with the idea of a house swap? If yes, click the following link to get in touch with the BBC for an application form: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/beonashow/home_away_from_home

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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